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academic administrator , educator , historian

Paul R. Spickard, American historian, educator, academic administrator. Recipient Undergraduate. Fellowship prize Charles Warren Center, Harvard University, 1972, National Endowment for Humanities stipend, 1990; Member Organisation American Historians, American History Association, Conference on Faith and History, Asian American Studies Association, Immigration History Society, Association of Asian Scholars.


Spickard, Paul R. was born on June 20, 1950 in Seattle, Washington, United States. Son of Donald Elliot and Mary Alice (Adkins) Spickard.


Student, University Washington, 1970—1971. Student, Gordon-Conwell Seminary, South Hamilton, Massachusetts, 1973. AB, Harvard University, 1973.

Master of Arts, University California, Berkeley, 1976. Doctor of Philosophy, University California, 1983.


Instructor Solano College, Suisun City, California, 1980. Acting instructor University California, Berkeley, 1981. Lecturer San Francisco State University, 1981.

Assistant professor Bethel College, St. Paul, 1981—1984, associate professor, 1984—1988. Fulbright senior lecturer Nankai University, Tianjin, China, 1988—1989. Assistant professor Capital University, Columbus, Ohio, 1989—1990.

Associate professor Brigham Young University Hawaii, Laie, since 1990, associate dean, since 1991. Research director Institute Polynesian Studies, since 1994. Board directors Midwest China Center, St. Paul, 1982—1985.


  • In 2011, Spickard was awarded The Loving Prize at the Mixed Roots Film & Literary Festival for his groundbreaking research on mixed racial and cultural experiences. He has also been named a Fulbright Research Professor and Rockefeller Foundation Residential Fellow. In 2013, he received the Richard A. Yarborough Mentoring Award from the American Studies Association and has received over a dozen teaching awards at UCSB.



All Christians, and particularly those in leadership positions, should prayerfully seek God’s mind and will and strongly to consider the potential problems of politicizing the church and the pulpit before endorsing candidates.


Language of a derogatory nature (with regard to race, nationality, ethnic background, gender, sexuality, and physical differences) does not reflect value for one another and contradicts the Christian teaching.


Trustee Sunrise Preschool, San Francisco, 1979—1981. Chairman Sunset Chinese Baptist Church, San Francisco, 1980—1981. Member of Association Asian Scholars, Immigration History Society, Asian American Studies Association, Conference Faith & History, American History Association, Organization American Historians.


  • Other Interests

    Basketball, running, backpacking.


Married Rowena Fong Spickard, June 9, 1974. Children: Naomi, Daniel.

Donald Elliot Spickard

Mary Alice (Adkins) Spickard

Rowena Fong Spickard

Naomi Spickard

Daniel Spickard